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Allan Henry Harris

(1932-2019)

 

Peacefully, after 87 years and a full life, our beloved Father, Grandfather, and Great Grampa passed away on November 21st, 2019.

Born on May 11th, 1932 to Henry and Pauline Harris in Kenora, Allan lived his entire life here.

Allan was predeceased by his wife of sixty years, Mae, and also by his younger brother Harry Harris.

 

Sadly missing him are his four children:

Son David (Diane) children Gabrielle, Justin, Brianna of Ottawa

Son Henry (Veronica) children Melanie, Lauren, Cameron of Oakville

Daughter Karen (Brian) Peloquin, children Dylan (Sarah) Tessa and Nixon of Kenora, Jordan of Red Deer, Alberta

Son Duane (Sandie) children Cody, Logan, Maddi of Kenora

 

Sister Lorraine (John) Heryet of Sidney, BC

Sister-in-law Pauline Kerr of Kenora

Brother-in-law Ted Paulson (Audrey) of Port Dover, ON

As well as many nieces and nephews.

 

Allan was a loving husband and family man first and foremost. He started his working career early as a fishing guide on Lake of the Woods where his love of the lake and fishing lasted his whole life.

One of Allan’s interests was working on motors of all kinds in cars, trucks, and outboard engines which led him to obtaining an Automobile Diploma through correspondence school. For a while, he operated a small motor repair shop in his garage.

Allan was employed with the CPR as a Fireman and Engineman, where he made many lasting friendships.

While his children were young, he became fully involved with the Central Community Club for many years as a volunteer and President and hockey coach.

Allan was a great advocate to his children about getting a good education and demonstrated this by becoming a student again to obtain his Second Class Stationary Engineer certification while working at the St. Joseph’s Hospital in Kenora.

Allan’s final employment was with The Lake of the Woods District Hospital where he retired after 27 years, as Chief Engineer and Director of Maintenance and Engineering.

 

Throughout his life, Allan kept busy with his large garden, reading, helping anyone with repairs to anything and spending time with his family enjoying trips to his parents’ retirement farm in Manitoba, fishing and summer camping trips across Canada.

Allan’s retirement years allowed him the opportunity to enjoy his interest in vintage Mustang cars.  He spent many hours restoring three of them and travelling to car shows throughout the USA and Canada with his wife or grandchildren.

Allan always had a smile to greet you and a happy, friendly, patient way about him. His pride and joy were his family, especially his 11 grandchildren Gabrielle, Justin, Brianna, Melanie, Lauren, Cameron, Dylan, Jordan, Cody, Logan and Maddi and 2 great grandchildren Tessa and Nixon.

 

At Allan’s request, cremation has taken place and there will be no service.

Interment will be at a later date.

The family would like to thank the staff and auxiliary at Pinecrest Home for his care and support.